All about firewalls and choosing the one that is best for you.

Firewalls are used to help protect your computer from hackers whose main intention reside in the desire to steal information from your computer, crash your computer or delete information from your computer. The choice one makes on the type of firewall he/she wishes to adopt for his system, depends entirely on the type of operating sytem that the user has. There are basically three types of firewalls:wireless routers,hardware routers,software firewalls.

For Windows and Linux users both have a firewall is built in and is activated by default. The fact that the firewall is built into all Windows/Linux operating system does not limit the user from choosing another firewall that suits his needs once the original is turned off. One can easilty create exceptions if there is a need to recieve information from another soource eg Instant messaging, windows media player etc.

Firewalls do not protect your system fom viruses neither do they prevent you from opening e-mails that could damage your computer. In cases like these if is the user´s responsibility to install an adequate Anti-Virus program and to always update it´s signatures. Apart from this he should always exercise caution when he opens e-mails and do not know the sender.Even if one knows the sender care should be taken at all times when opening the contecnts of e-mails.

If there is not a built in firewall then there is the possibility do buy Software Firewalls to help protect your system. While this is a advantage software firewalls can only be placed on one computer and do not permit installation on various computers. In other words there can only be one software firewall for each computer and usually they are costly.

For homes that have an internet connection one generally uses hardware routers to offer protection while connected. Hardware routers offer protection to various computers and allow multiple usage.

Finally for those who use a wireless networks then there is are wireless routers that can be used. They allow one to connect laptops and generally do not use wires to connect, thus eliminating a clustered working environment. They however emit signals that can be intercepted with the right machine and generally do not come with built in firewalls, which indicates extra cost for the user.

Windows Live Writer: Making blogging powerful

Windows Live Writer, a blog editing software from Microsoft, is a wonderful tool for more efficient blogging. This is a free, downloadable application that makes it easy to publish content, share photos, videos and support almost all blogging services may it be blogger, wordpress, Type Pad or live Journal. Many tools have already swarmed this market like Ecto, Performancing and Qumana. Windows Live Writer has many advantages over these already available tools:


WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) view allows knowing exactly how a blog post will look like before actually publishing it. This saves a lot of time spend in republishing the articles again and again after modifications.

Customizable API

Windows live Writer provides a customizable SDK (software development kit) that allows developers to have additional content types thereby extending the functionalities of the software. E.g.: Product thumbnails, tags, embedded videos etc.

Photo Sharing

Windows Live Writer allows uploading photos, customizing and publishing an easier task. You can   modify the size, borders; perform text wrapping and many other things. It publishes all the stuff automatically when you post.

Embedding video clips

Easiest way of embedding videos is provided by Windows Live Writer. The code needs to be copied straight away and it is recognized in a flash.

Map Publishing

It is a special feature for traveling blogs and sites that allows publishing maps in your posts and can also customize them to provide different views.

Screenshot images

If need arises to insert screenshots into the blog, Windows live writer lets you do it without using any third party tool. You can just Print Screen and paste it in writer and use it.

Wider platform support

Writer supports almost all the blogging services like Live Journal, Word Press, blogger, Type Pad etc. and the endeavor is to support all and sundry.

Live Writer Backup

Live Writer Backup utility allows carrying settings of writer if you are continuously changing your workstations.


Most of the times, you come across common words like blogger, phishing etc, which are not recognized by editors, you use. Windows Live Writer overcomes that obstacle and saves time on editing.

Dynamic Templates

For more tech savvy people, dynamic templates allow to do variety of experiments with Windows Live Writer like user data input, adding date instantaneously.

Auto linking

Windows live Writer provides the feature of auto linking for those who usually link web pages to their posts. So when you type in a familiar word, it automatically links to the appropriate web page.

This tool is currently available in 6 different languages and is going strong. Windows Live Writer makes the entire experience of blogging far more easy, powerful and intuitive. It is such an easy application that even a novice can make use of it and take the benefits.  That’s why they say, “The best things in life are for free” and so is Windows Live Writer.  Go ahead and download it now and start writing your own stories online.

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Antivirus and Firewall software

As more and more computers connect to the Internet, it becomes more lucrative for virus makers to keep on making programs that expose a victim’s data.  The proliferation of viruses on the Windows platform have become cannon fodder for Windows detractors to further rub in the fact that Windows alone is not secure.  So what can a common Windows user do to protect themselves from such attacks?  The answer is to install an antivirus and firewall on your computer.

Installing a firewall and antivirus on your computer is essential for anyone whose computer is connected to the internet.  Surely, even those who frequently transfer data from one computer to another should also consider getting at least an antivirus to make sure that their data are safe from attack.  So what should one look for in an antivirus and firewall?

First of all, remember that a firewall is only necessary if you will be connecting to a network or to the internet.  The main function of a firewall is to monitor or control the incoming and outgoing data on your computer.  Essentially, it helps in blocking harmful connections from other computers to your computer.  Take note that some malicious software or even hackers would be able to easily take control of your computer if it is not sufficiently protected from attack.  This are usually done by injecting data or getting data from your computer through one of your computer’s ports.  Ports can be compared to openings on your computer where a user with enough knowledge can send and retrieve data to and from your computer.A firewall is able to prevent attacks by blocking or closing down ports on your computer and also monitor those that are required for your computer to continue functioning correctly.  Not all ports should be closed or blocked and your choice of firewall should be one which has the ability to determine which of these ports are dangerous and which can be safely used.

Antivirus programs on the other hand are programs that prevent your computer from getting viruses, or in the event that your computer does get infected by a virus, be able to remove the virus and either quarantine it or get rid of it permanently.  Unlike firewall software though, an antivirus program is essential on any computer that transfers data through other means like through floppy disks, USB flash drives or even direct network connections to another computer.  Viruses are designed not only to expose your data but are sometimes designed to modify or destroy the data completely.  This could be very costly for people with valuable data stored on their computers indeed.

Windows XP and Windows Vista comes with their own built-in firewall but these firewall programs pale in comparison to third-party firewall programs that one can purchase or get for free from the internet.  Some of the more popular firewall programs even have antivirus features included in their more advanced products.

ZoneAlarm is one of the most popular firewall programs which can be downloaded for free or for a fee for more advanced versions.  The free version of ZoneAlarm only includes firewall protection without the antivirus features included in its paid versions.

On the flipside, most antivirus programs also feature firewall protection in their more advanced paid versions.  When it comes to free antivirus, some of the leading programs include AVG, Avast, BitDefender and Avira AntiVir.  As for paid antivirus programs, the popular ones include Norton, McAfee, and TrendMicro.  Take note that for the paid versions of all these great antivirus products, firewall features are usually included already, thus there is no need to install a separate firewall anymore.

The biggest question for those who have decided to get an antivirus and firewall on their computer is which product should I get?  All the antivirus and firewall programs mentioned earlier have their merits and corresponding weaknesses.  Depending on your needs, you may not need an overly complex program to scan or protect your computer.  It all boils down to usage and preference.  Being a careful and responsible computer user can save you more often than having the best antivirus and firewall money can buy.  If you stick to legitimate websites and careful with the files and programs you keep on your computer, even the most basic of firewall and antivirus software on your computer will suffice.  Remember, when it comes to virus and hacker attacks, the best defense is good common sense.